Autumn Allergies: How to Fight Back

As the leaves change color and float to the ground, you may be distracted from their beauty by the sound of sniffling and sneezing. These are the sights and sounds of fall allergy season.

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Don’t let seasonal allergies keep you from enjoying the fall weather.

During this time of year, ragweed and other weeds like goldenrod, curly dock, and sagebrush, as well as molds in soils, compost piles, and on the leaves on the ground wreak havoc on people with allergies, causing symptoms like:

  • itchy, watery, or swollen and red eyes
  • runny, stuffy, or itchy nose
  • itchy mouth, throat, and lips
  • sneezing

If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms for the first time, don’t just reach for the cold medicine. It is possible to develop allergies after not having them, and cold medicine will do nothing to alleviate the symptoms if they are caused by allergies.

Consider seeing an allergist to undergo an allergy test that will show the doctor what specific triggers affect you, if any. Your doctor can also prescribe medications to help your allergy symptoms subside, like antihistamines and decongestants, as well as advise you on ways to avoid your allergen triggers.

To learn more about seasonal allergies and ways to treat them, visit the Vitals Seasonal Allergies Patient Guide.

Sources: everydayhealth.com and vitals.com